Exciting plans for Grantham’s St Wulfram’s Church

The audience in St Wulfram's Church for the hustings. Photo: TRP-3-5-2015-345A (3) EMN-151105-160030001

The audience in St Wulfram's Church for the hustings. Photo: TRP-3-5-2015-345A (3) EMN-151105-160030001

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St Wulfram’s Church is embarking on a significant development to help make it a place which is used more widely by the wider community.

Following the recent rebuilding of the top 40 feet of the spire, the community at St Wulfram’s is wanting to encourage a greater community use of the church building, particularly as it is one of the largest community venues in the district.

St Wulfram’s will always be a special place, with over a thousand years of history behind it, but one thing which has always been a constant is how the building has developed.

Like many other ancient churches, St Wulfram’s has seen demolition and expansion, mixed use and enhancement of the space within the walls over the centuries. Later this month, work will begin within to enhance the space to allow a more flexible and versatile use.

The ‘Pew Platforms’ installed by Gilbert Scott will be lowered into the floors creating a flat floor throughout the nave. The platforms have been to many a trip hazard and many people have either fallen off them or stumbled up them. The lowering of the platforms will remove this trip hazard from the church and also allow greater disabled access.

Father Stuart Cradduck, church rector, said: “We very much hope that the whole community will see this as a great opportunity to use this great building.

“St Wulfram’s has always stood imposingly over Grantham. To many it’s a symbol of God’s love in the heart of Grantham. These changes within the church, are a bold move by the church to recognise that this building is here for everyone, regardless of religious views, and the agenda within St Wulfram’s has developed into us wanting to provide a home for everyone.

“St Wulfram’s is not only a beautiful building, but has the potential to enhance and develop our community life within this town.”

The creation of the flat floor is only one part of the journey on which the church is embarking. The present chairs designed by Gilbert Scott were installed in the 1930s. Although beautiful, they don’t allow easy flexible use of the building. They do not stack or condense down well.

Therefore to capitalise on the new space, the church council has decided to replace the existing chairs with chairs that can be stacked. Guided by strict church planning regulations, the council opted to replace the chairs with the Howe 40/4 chair, commonly used in cathedrals.

The church is inviting people to buy the old chairs – made of oak with a sea grass seat – at £25 each, during Heritage Day on September 12. The church will be open all day and there will be a number of events happening.

If you want to reserve a chair/s, contact the parish office on 01476 561342 or email office.stwulframs@talktalk.net

Suggestions on how the space created could be used are welcome.